‘Dreams Do Come True’: Arvin High Color Guard Team To Compete In World Championship Thursday; Ranked First In The World

Arvin High School’s color guard team headed to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the WGI Color Guard World Championship after ranking first in the nation in Las Vegas. South Kern Sol’s Paige Atkison spoke with team members about their journey to this achievement. Read more at South Kern Sol.

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Bicyclists highlight the murals and history of the East Side

Nearly a hundred bicycling advocates and community members turned out for the Eastside Mural Ride. The ten mile ride, with stops at historic murals throughout Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, didn’t just focus on the street art and history of the neighborhoods; cyclist and pedestrian safety was also discussed, and lights and helmets were distributed. “Everybody really enjoys the ride. They have a really […]

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Painting Positivity

North Park San Diego, once seen as an undesirable area, was revitalized by a movement to exhibit local artistic and cultural elements throughout its streets. This narrated video interweaves images of the street art that North Park is now famous for, and the voices of its community. “We all mean something and have our own story to tell… We have stories […]

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From the rubble, an act of creation

By the time he reached his teenage years, Ezekiel Benavides started to have questions about faith. To fight the depression that came about questioning God’s benevolence, he wrote stories, got into art and engineering, and sought professional help. “I wasn’t cured. Mental illness cannot be cured. Rather, I was equipped with an array of tools at my disposal that I could use to […]

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San Diego’s legendary muralist

Victor Ochoa is an original Chicano Park muralist; he continues to advocate for immigrant rights and representation through his art. Deported to Mexico with his family in 1956 during Operation Wetback, Victor has overcome countless barriers. Now a U.S. citizen recognized for his contribution to San Diego’s art culture, Ochoa works with youth as an arts […]

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Youth Power Fest Rally

The California Endowment held the #GetLoud Youth Power Fest Rally this month in Downtown Los Angeles; Amidst displays of youth-centered art, the event hosted booths for the #SchoolsnotPrisons campaign, nutrition advocates and a Latino empowerment organization. Trajan Susa writes about attending the event, for Access Sacramento.  

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What would you do with $5 million?

“What would you do if you had five million dollars?” It’s more money than most of us will see in a lifetime; but six youths from Sacramento attempted to answer the question in a creative way. Through photography, video, audio, and relief prints, young artists illustrated how they view Sacramento and how they would invest in the city to make […]

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The Visual Public Art project

The Visual Public Art project coordinates with the City of San Diego to promote local artists and beautify the city’s backdrop with painted power boxes and trash cans. “Public art says a lot about the city promoting people’s creativity. I think it’s beautiful. I think it’s healthy.” See the art and meet the artists in a video by […]

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Ocarina business benefits from renewed interest

With its various shapes and sizes, the ocarina can appear more like a piece of art than a musical instrument. The flute-like instrument dates back to ancient civilizations, where it played a significant role in ceremonies and rituals. The owner of Songbird Ocarinas in Boyle Heights says his biggest customers are preteens who discovered the instrument through a video game. “[They] are interested in going beyond […]

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